Locum tenens is an attractive career option for many anesthesia professionals, offering flexibility, diverse experiences, and competitive compensation. However, for Student Registered Nurse Anesthetists (SRNAs) who have recently completed their training and earned their Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) credentials, diving straight into locum tenens might not be the best choice. In this blog post, we will discuss the reasons why Access Healthcare Staffing Solutions does not recommend SRNAs going directly into locum tenens assignments.

The Importance of Building a Solid Foundation

Transitioning from being an SRNA to a practicing CRNA comes with a steep learning curve, as newly-certified CRNAs need to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world clinical settings. It is essential for new CRNAs to build a solid foundation in their practice by gaining experience, developing clinical judgment, and refining their skills under the guidance and mentorship of more experienced colleagues. This can be best achieved in a stable, permanent position where new CRNAs can benefit from continuous support and mentorship.

The Challenges of Locum Tenens for New CRNAs

Locum tenens assignments can be challenging for new CRNAs for several reasons:

  1. Limited support and mentorship: Locum tenens professionals are often expected to hit the ground running and work independently. New CRNAs may find it difficult to access the support, mentorship, and guidance they need in locum tenens assignments, which could hinder their professional growth and development.
  2. Diverse practice environments: While working in different practice environments can be enriching for more experienced CRNAs, it may be overwhelming for new CRNAs who are still learning the ropes. Adapting to new hospital policies, protocols, and team dynamics can be challenging and may increase the risk of errors or complications.
  3. Credentialing and licensing: Locum tenens professionals need to maintain multiple state licenses and hospital credentials, which can be time-consuming and costly. For new CRNAs, the focus should be on building clinical experience rather than navigating the administrative aspects of locum tenens work.

Why Access Healthcare Staffing Solutions Doesn’t Promote SRNAs Going Straight to Locum Tenens

At Access Healthcare Staffing Solutions, we prioritize the professional growth, development, and success of anesthesia professionals. We believe that new CRNAs can best achieve this by starting their careers in permanent positions, where they can benefit from consistent support, mentorship, and opportunities for growth. Once a solid foundation has been established, CRNAs can then explore locum tenens assignments with confidence and experience, knowing that they are well-prepared to handle the challenges and opportunities that locum tenens work presents.


Although locum tenens offers many benefits for anesthesia professionals, it may not be the best choice for new CRNAs who have just completed their training. Access Healthcare Staffing Solutions recommends that SRNAs first secure permanent positions where they can build a strong foundation in their practice, develop clinical judgment, and refine their skills. Once they have gained valuable experience and confidence, they can then consider locum tenens assignments as a viable and rewarding career option.